Thirty Years Later, Student Graduates with BSN

Kathryn Bubrig

Mercy Health employee Laura Marshall was honored by carrying the cross in Mercy College's spring 2018 commencement ceremony. She not only achieved her goal of graduating and obtaining her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) that had eluded her for nearly 30 years, she did so with High Honors with a 4.0 grade point average.

Laura felt the same reluctance that many working professionals face when going back to college and nearly didn't begin Mercy College's online RN to BSN program. She credits a professor's encouragement the Friday before classes started as the catalyst she needed to pursue her dream.

While Laura acknowledges that the journey was not always easy she says, "I learned that I am more adaptable than I have ever imagined, and that for the first time in my life, I enjoyed the learning process itself. Mostly, I proved to myself that a girl of 18 can grow into a woman with a profound level of self-efficacy and determination."

Laura works at Mercy Health Youngstown, in the area of Case Management within their two long-term care facilities.

Image of Janice Servick and Laura Marshall

Assistant Professor, RN-BSN Program Director, Janice Servick , MSN, RN with Laura Marshall BSN, RN, RAC-CT

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